Students enrolled 2229
School leader Keith Ball
Transportation options Yes
District Cherokee County School District

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6565 Putnam Ford Dr
Woodstock, GA 30189

(770) 926-4411
(770) 926-4157
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3 stars
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September 12, 2013
This school, so far, has exceeded my expectations. The faculty and administration genuinely care to help the student body succeed academically and socially. Further, they go the extra mile to bridge the gap between the classroom and home. Parents are empowered with multiple mediums to help them gain awareness of their child's progress. Kudos to Etowah's faculty and administration!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
We have been extremely pleased with this school. Your child will get out of it what they put into it. The Principal is very involved and truly cares about the students. Most of the teachers we have been involved with have been willing to provide any extra time and help that the students need.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My daughter failed her English class. Why? No one seems to know. Also it's funny that she failed this class but then went on to get stellar SAT scores!?!?! What? There are TOO many students in this high school. Parents are expected to keep up with their childrens' grades but the grades are posted so late that it is too late to take any action. I can honestly say that I don't recall either one of my parents having to look at my grades in high school. That was MY job. Get it together. Hold students responsible for their work. If they don't do it, then ask the student why. Why do the parents need to even get involved with this issue? I am a straight A student all throughout grad school. By high school, it's up to the student. What are you teaching students when you think the problem has anything to do with the parents watching their childrens' grades via a non-updated grading set up online?

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
Muy four kids graduated from Etowah,as did two of my grandchildren. A third will graduate this year. The school was good back when my kids were there; it's excellent now. The average SAT scores are higher than the national average! Any parent who says "the school" failed my kids needs to examine his or her own priorities. Do you check to be sure your kids do their homework? When they bring home a bad grade, do you make an appointment to discuss it with the teacher? It sounds as though many of the complaining parents don't want to take any responsibility or get involved to any helpful degree. Education is a JOINT effort. You must do your part. (PS--I am not, and never have been an employee of Etowah or any other school.)

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
This school failed my child as well...he is not a motivated self starter and the school did very little to help him. Eventually he dropped out :o((( and got his GED. His GED score was very high BTW. He didn t even have to study to pass it. It tells me that he is a smart child, just not your average child and unfortunately this school did not recognize it and did not help him stay on track When he dropped out, he had F s in every subject except Science . He had an A in Science. This should have told the administrators and educators something about him but it didn t they just let him fail I am still sad even though it happened several years ago

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
This school has failed my child in many ways. All I hear is how it is a Blue Ribbon school. If your child is one who is a motivated self starter, then this school is probably great. If your child is not, they will do nothing to help them. My child is nearing the end of his freshman year and has failed all of his core classes. Repeated phone calls and emails to get him help have done nothing. I was recently offered a program to help him re-cooperate his credits. This program will cost me $400!! All because his teachers didn't care enough to help him not fail. And if your child's teacher recommends they come in for after school "tutoring", don't bother. Their idea of tutoring is to hand your child a packet of papers and expect them to complete it while they sit at their desks on their computers. NEWSFLASH! If my child is coming in for tutoring, he doesn't understand the work! He doesn't need to make it up, he needs you to teach it to him! This school is the worst and I am moving my family just so he and my younger children can have a decent education.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
We have had 2 children attend Etowah High School with a 3rd about to enter. We are very pleased with the education and extracurricular activities. Etowah has improved 100 times from when I attended a close by east cobb school back in the 80s. Etowah continues improving in academics and athelics year after year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
I have four children, three of which have graduated from Etowah high school, and my youngest is a sophomore. I look at Etowah as a 'self-help' high school, honestly. If your child is self motivated, and a self starter, their stay at Etowah should be a successful one. But, if your child is average, and most are, I don't recommend Etowah High school. I have just seen too many instances where teacher's there, are more concerned about their agenda than the student s, and their welfare, and it seems to be getting worse as the years go by. Believe me, I would like nothing more than to shower the school with scholastic praises, all my children have done very well there, in both scholastics and athletics, and my youngest , though she probably has had the most difficulty of the bunch, does very well in both areas as well. But I see the constant hurdles she has to clear, and unfortunately, it has nothing to do with track! In fact, their athletic department is probably one of the finest I have ever encountered, and I come from a private school upbringing, with the likes of Marist, and such, where athletics is king. Not only do the coaches at Etowah, who I consider some of their finest teacher s there as well, with the likes of Coach Joe, and Coach Stewart, and the majority of the staff, seem to prepare the students better for that specific sport, but they seem to care allot more about that students welfare in general, which helps the student to do better in all they do!. I don t know what type of process the school uses to screen their hires, as teacher s there, but it seems that the areas of concern are always the same two, their English and Math department; this is an observation that I have come to over the last nine years, that s a good test of time. As far as advance courses go at Etowah, an extreme disappointment, the only difference I see between the standard courses and the advanced versions are three times the amount of homework, literally! In other words, the student is teaching themselves, almost as if the teacher resents the fact that the student is striving to be a better person, by wanting to be a better student, what kind of message is that!! Once, maybe it s my child, twice, it s possible, but 4 times, I m sorry, no way, that shows a definite pattern. One last concern, the schools effort, and more specifically, the counselor s efforts, in assisting the student better in helping to promote the child with the next step, into college. I have never seen more children who are qualified to go to a fine D1 school, being forced to go to a D2, or D3 institutions instead, and to me, that is a crime! I think the school and the counselor s in particular, could take a lesson or two from the head coach of the varsity football team, probably the schools best hire since it s existence, and certainly, since I have been acquainted with school! I just don t see the proper concern, or anywhere close, and I m well aware that getting your child into a better college nowadays has become somewhat of a business venture with that institution, that is almost always captained by the parent. But that does not entitle, or make it right, for the counselor s to wash their hands of the process, or of having accountability in this most important, and pivotal part of the child s scholastic career! Think about it, what kind of sense does it make to teach the student to run your heart out, for 3 quarter s of a race, and then, display an attitude that leads them to believe that it really doesn t matter how hard they try for the last quarter of it, I think it s a shame, and it sends the wrong message to the student, one that I promise will linger for at least their next 4 years!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
We have 3 children that have attended Etowah . One is in College, one is a Senior and one is a Freshmen. Our Freshmen seems to be having the most trouble in Biology and the New Math 1. What concerns us is he is an IEP student and because of this it has made it more difficult for him to learn. We was told that not all the IEP teachers attend the classroom setting and our child has said that when the IEP teacher comes in they don't even ask if our child needs any help. Etowah has a policy that if you are late to class you get detention and this is why our child doesn't go to its locker. The sports has improved but if you have a student that plays then if that student doesnt get the class then he or she will have to run.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
This school is the worst school ever they don't care about whether the students are learning or not. The best discipline they have is handing out detentions for anything. And if anyone says that the freshman will feel welcome thats not true. Last year as a freshman the upper classes just booed at us during pep rallies and told us to go home. I'm sorry but that is not welcoming at ALL.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2009
this school is great and has alot of potential

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
Personally, as a senior two months from graduating from Etowah, I think my high school is the perfect stereotypical high school. Most of the students hate it, but that is to be expected. I think Etowah could focus a little more on writting, art, music, and acedemics. Its main concentration has always been on sports since the time I arrived almost four years ago. I'm a writter and would have liked to see more specific creative writting classes and/or clubs offered at Etowah other than journalism. And our art work...outstanding, but when does it ever get recognized? The administration is typical in my opinion. There is only so much the staff can do to discipline those of us that decide to be unruly. And the person that complained about Saturday school, I completely concur but I don't see any parents helping to come up with alternative solutions.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 22, 2008
Since I'm a freshman, I've been pushed and shoved all over this school in the past months, and I think I know just about where everything is! The classes are one of a kind, and our sports program is outstanding (our 5-AAAAA football team made it to the playoffs!), and we have a variety of clubs to offer students. The only flaw of Etowah High School is the cliques...but that's easy to get around.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 15, 2008
Etowah is a great school. My oldest daughter is now attending University of Alabama and is rooming with a girl that went to a top private school (they both are in the honors program). So far, my daughter is making higher grades than her roommate even in the subject that her roommate plans to minor in. The Principal is always trying to improve in every area including athletics. It is a large school with actually too many students. They are in the process of building a new gym which will include classrooms and they hope to enlarge the cafeteria. If you really want to learn, you certainly will at Etowah!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
An okay school. The food is okay, some teachers are less than stellar, but about 75% are above average, willing to do quite a bit for their students. The Administration can be very condecending, so i would recomend a small period of time spent here testing the waters.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2008
As a graduate of Etowah High, I can now look back and see the good and the ugly. For a school that is over crowded, it does very well and is successful in academics as well as sports. Students have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of clubs and I felt that I was well prepared to move onto college. If your child is not willing to put effort into school, or is not taking honors/ap classes, Etowah will not provide any benefit for her or she.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 04, 2008
Totally agree with the parent who compares Etowah to a Prison. No flexibility, they take extreme measures for everything. The Vice/or assistant principal 'Dr.Denny' -shes terribly harsh and rude. She was so condesending to my daughter who has recently transfered out of state and is having a hard time ajusting. The receptionist at the Adminitration building..I dont know who she thinks she is? I mean she's a receptionist you have no authorty over anyone lady!! EHS treats upper classmen like grade school kids. It's so frustrating when you have to get forms or hand things in because everythings so difficult with the staff. They always act annoyed and send you off to another person. They act like you are stupid with every question you ask. I highly recommend you do not send your kids to this school. I bet the good comments on here were written by the staff of Etowah

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
This school is aswome and they have a great sports deparment.

- submitted by a student
December 29, 2007
The school is to small for student body, and the food is bad, and cold, thats if they dont run out of food in d lunch.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2007
Etowah is a great school. I have 2 children attending one in 10th and one in 11th. They both seem to really like it. The sports have improved and Etowah is growing in numbers of students. I wish the school would work on building on the school instead of trailers. I do know that the teachers do care about your student and give them every option to correct their grade or to get extra help before or after school. This takes a decated teacher and Etowah has it. Go Eagles

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
My son finished his first year at Etowah. During orientation, he was surrounded by students wanting him to join Cross Country. Wow! He joined and ran the whole season. What is so special about this? My son is mildly autistic. He has trouble with social situations and these kids made him feel welcomed in 'high school.' That is completely opposite of the sad stories you hear about the outcasts. I found that all the teachers are open to communication. Al you have to do is log on to the school's website and send a note. Every time I did this, the teacher responded with full attention, caring, and great ideas! Etowah is wonderful, but parents have to do their part by being positive, and encourage their children to do well instead of blame teachers. My son was motivated by the spirit of the school, so get into the spirit!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2007
My son (a sophomore)started Etowah the 2nd semester. The staff has been very supportive of him and patient too. Offering to work with him to improve his failing grades. My experience with Etowah so far has been A+. They went out of their way to support my son. The parents appear to be involve and friendly. As stated previously, we are new to Etowah, but our experience has been positive. Much better than the other high school he attended.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2007
Etowah has been such a disappointment. We have been nothing but let down with this school. The music program especially. There is no motivation and no pushing the students to see their true potential. Academically, yes, the school has nice scores. I would NEVER recommend this school to any other parents or students.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2007
My daughter goes to Etowah and is having a wonderful time. 99.9% of the teachers are good while that tiny one percent gives a bad idea. Some people might say Etowah is bad but it's just that the school is different for different kinds of students

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
The students have a great enthusiasm for school spirit. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Etowah is a great school.

- submitted by a former student
October 05, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
Etowah HS is only good if a student is motivated. If a student needs extra care and flexibility forget about it. The staff won't change a bit from their old ways and won't care that a student is failing. They only know how to administer their ineffective punishments such as Saturday school that only punishes parents and doesn't teach students anything. The administrative staff is unfriendly to students and parents (with an exception of a receptionist and even she speaks to you in a tone of voice as a jailer speaks with a jailed). In fact this school feels as a prison. No free thinking, no violation from a straight line no matter how old, absolete and ineffective it is. You feel neglected and forgotten when you, as a parent, come to help your child. One of the vice principals is the rudest person that I have ever met.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
My son started 9th this year, and it is a sad diappointment. The comment about kids having to be driven and self motivated is on the money. Teachers hand out the work, but dont care if it is done. My son was diagnosed ADD after months of insisting he be tested by the school, now there has been no change in the way teachers help him, they dont care. The school is old and dirty, and the staff are unfriendly and uncaring. All of the receptionist I have dealt with in Attendance, Counseling, and Administration are rude , uncaring and disrespectful. I will homeschool next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
Etowah is an excellent school. The teachers are amazing, educated, and caring. The AP and Honors courses are really preparing the students for college. The sports are also outstanding- basketball, swimming, cross country, etc. The Wind Symphony is one of the best high school bands around here. The rumors about Etowah being absolutely terrible are completely wrong. It's a great school, and I feel good about the education and the environment.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2006
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December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
Teachers are unmotivated, education is not highly valued in this area. Sure, there are a very select few students, who get access to the few good teachers, but the other 90% of the school are just put through the meat grinder and left to fend for themselves.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2005
Etowah is a family. It has its problems, but still it is a great enviroment for kids. The atmoshpere is a little more laid back. I will always love Etowah.

- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2005
I graduated with honors and distinction from Etowah in 2001. The honors/AP programs are amazing, and the AP teachers are very encouraging and they demand 110%. One thing that I don't like is the lack of a debate/public speaking team. Cliques run the school, but that is standard in any high school. I was not ever aware of drugs or alcohol on campus. It depends on the student and what she/he allows herself to be around. Even though people make fun of Etowah, I felt that I learned a great deal. I was very prepared for college and got accepted into a few prestigious colleges (Emory University and UGA). Overall, I'd rank Etowah about a 9 on a 1-10 scale. Go Eagles!

- submitted by a former student
November 09, 2004
The facility is vastly outgrowing the student body. Curriculum is taught, but not enforced. For a student to go here, they must be self driven and dedicated. When I went I had to take supplement classes outside of school to fill my need for learning before switching to a private school. Alcohol is major among students.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
This school is just so amazing. The students are so welcoming to the freshman class. I felt so welcomed when starting here and the teachers are dedicated.

- submitted by a community member
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Etowah High School
6565 Putnam Ford Dr, Woodstock, GA  30189
(770) 926-4411
Last modified Etowah High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Etowah High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top